“Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him. But whosoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him – either in this age or in the age to come.” – Matthew 12:31-32 (NKJV)
Some Christians like to condemn sinners in Hollywood and in the media for blaspheming Jesus Christ. This sin is still forgivable. These people can repent and we should pray that God gives them repentance. Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, however, is unforgivable.
How does one blaspheme the Holy Spirit? One way is ascribing the person and work of the Spirit to demons. The Pharisees blasphemed him by attributing the works of Jesus to Beelzebub, or Satan (Matthew 12:24). The high priest called Jesus’ confession of himself as the Son of God “blasphemy” (26:64-65).
The reverse is also true. Anyone who ascribes demonic activity to the Holy Spirit has committed blasphemy. The signs and wonders that Bethel Church in Redding, California, practices are not of the Spirit. They’re demonic. Benny Hinn is a medium but he performs so-called miracles, which he attributes to the Spirit.
Ascribing carnal activity to the Holy Spirit is also blasphemy. A few years ago, I watched as a drunken Rod Parsley attributed his stupor to the Spirit. However, he was drunk on alcohol rather than “new wine” (Matthew 9:17). Daniel Henderson of Strategic Renewal also said something disturbing a few years ago. He compared the baptism of the Holy Spirit to rabies and added “foaming at the mouth.” Spirit-filled people don’t foam at the mouth; demon-possessed people do. Henderson lives in the natural realm. He doesn’t know the difference. It’s still blasphemy.
A third way is more obscure but still damning. Anyone who has a “form of godliness” but denies “its power” – Holy Spirit power – has committed blasphemy (2 Timothy 3:5). Such people have the name, but not the substance. They’re lovers of themselves, money, and pleasures rather than God (3:2, 4). They also have no self-control, a fruit of the Spirit (3:3, Galatians 5:23).
So how does one deny spiritual power? “Homosexual Christians” claim they belong to Jesus but refuse the Spirit’s power in conversion. Homosexuality is unholy (2 Timothy 3:2). Such people are lovers of themselves and are without self-control. They refuse to confess and repent of their sins. “Homosexual Christianity” is moral confusion and will be judged. “God is not the author of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
Some formerly conservative Christian businesses are contributing to that confusion. Liberty University consigns homosexual students to hell when it refuses to share the true gospel with them. Multnomah just published God and the Gay Christian (2014). Even Eerdmans has published A Time to Embrace: Same-Sex Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics (2012). The author accepts homosexual marriage for Christians. This is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit.
Turn away from such people (2 Timothy 3:5). Do not follow, listen to, or fellowship with them (1 Corinthians 5:11-13). They will be cast into outer darkness (Jude 13).